Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Call for removal of union exemption from Brethren

26 September 2006

Greens call for removal of union exemption from Brethren

The Green Party, which played a central role in 2000 in providing the Exclusive Brethren with an exemption from union access to their work places, is now calling for the removal of the exemption.

"The Exclusive Brethren, by their own actions last year when they circulated leaflets calling for a change of government, and their ongoing political activism, have violated the main reason why the exemption was granted in the first place, " Green Party Industrial Relations Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

"When I rose in the House in August 2000 to support the exemption, I quoted from one of the Brethren's own publications which stressed their avowed separation from all groups and associations of a political, social or business nature. At the time, I felt their separation from the world to be a sincerely held position of conscience.

"The Brethren's subsequent political activism - and not just in New Zealand but in Sweden, Australia and the United States as well - has shown them to be a highly political organisation, actively engaged in changing the world..

"The initial exemption had given more weight to the apparently deeply held and scripturally based aversion of the Exclusive Brethren to unions, than it gave to the rights of their workers to organise.

"Given the current evidence of the Brethren's political involvement and the scale of their business activities, that balance must now be re-dressed. Many workers in Brethren companies and schools are not members of the Brethren sect, and the number of workers involved is considerable. On 2004 figures the Brethren operate some 800 businesses in New Zealand.

The Brethren cannot have their cake and eat it too. They cannot any longer claim an exemption based on their alleged detachment from the world. Not when they are also claiming the right to be fully engaged in that world to the extent of spending over a million dollars on seeking to influence how their fellow citizens cast their votes. "

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news